This is a very odd Style blog, but so 21st century. I just learned that Steve Jobs passed away today. I didn’t know the man who started my writing career, I just know that before the “Cut” and “Paste” I couldn’t organize my thoughts well enough even want to write. When I sat down in front of a Mac and learned that I could “Edit” and “Save” with the click of a mouse my world widened exponentially.
Personal computing and the Internet now give us more control over our lives than anytime in history. Even if you can’t afford the Grand Tour you can virtually see the world from your desk chair and talk with the natives in distant lands via chatting on any subject you can imagine. It’s all about access. You and I have access to each other to learn and share IDEAS. You can find out ANYTHING you want to know by typing a few words into a search engine. You can see the latest fashions from Milan, Paris and Tokyo before they appear in magazines. You can find resources for products, for anything you can dream of. And if you can’t find it you can create it, get it manufactured, sell it one the Internet and make a fortune.
So what does all this have to do with personal style and fashion? The freedom to pursue Personal Style in all areas of your life: Creating who you are, how you are perceived and how you want to live your life has never been more available. How you dress is still your business card but how often do you see a black on white business card these days? We don’t have to live black on white lives anymore.
At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Mr. Jobs shared the philosophy that drove him.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Thank you, Steve Jobs for making Personal Style available to the whole wide world.
From Wired.com: A tribute to Steve Jobs